Download press release and media kit here

Read Jay Rutovitz's letter to AACTA here

Read Megan Riakos' article on the AACTA Awards here

On December 7th 2016, WIFT NSW staged a public protest to highlight the lack of transparency in the AACTA judging process for feature films, as well as the disproportionately low amount of nominations and pre-selected films directed and driven by female creatives.

As a result of this protest and the continued pressure from WIFT, AACTA has overhauled the Film Award criteria, eliminating the opaque judging process that clouded the film selection for the 2016 screening tour. AACTA has also included both the For Film's Sake - Sydney Film Festival (formerly World of Women (WOW) Film Festival), and the Queer Screen - Mardi Gras Film Festival as qualifiers for the awards. This is a good result ensuring that there is transparency around the feature film selection, as well as a greater diversity amongst films in contention for the awards and we thank those in the industry who supported WIFT and these changes.

This is a solid step forward, however there is still much more work to be done and we hope in the coming years, AACTA continues to develop their entry requirements with industry consultation. We also hope that AACTA, along with other screen bodies, continue to actively engage with gender and diversity issues within our industry, commit to an official gender and diversity policy and maintain a dialogue with WIFT and other diversity interest groups to ensure they continue to provide a fair go for all filmmakers, no matter their background.



Photo Credit - Steph Harmon, The Guardian

Photo Credit - Steph Harmon, The Guardian

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